Ontario’s Tony Luis weighed in at a ripped and ready 134.6 pounds moments ago in Cornwall, while his opponent Cam O’Connell of Red Deer, Alberta checked in at a shredded 134.1 lbs. The No. 1 and No. 2 respectively rated Canadian lightweights will weigh in again tomorrow morning but the preliminary weigh-in officially sets the stage for tomorrow’s anticipated all-Canadian clash at the Cornwall Civic Complex where the vacant WBA-NABA 135-pound title will be on the line.
In a day and age where it’s all too seldom that we see two primed and top rated Canadian fighters face off against one another, Cornwall, Ontario’s Tony ‘Lightning’ Luis (23-3, 8 KOs) and Red Deer, Alberta’s Cam O’Connell (15-0-1, 10 KOs) are set to buck that trend June 17 at the Cornwall Civic Complex. The two top-rated Canadian lightweights will vie for the vacant WBA-NABA 135-pound title in what’s sure to be an all-action tilt.
An attractive matchup by both record and stylistic metrics, it doesn’t seem to be rocket science that got this bout made. O’Connell, the lesser experienced of the two with sixteen pro bouts to Luis’s 26, did what all up and coming fighters do when he called out the Ontario native after defeating Juan Bedolla Orozco in December 2016.
Luis later commented on social media that he would indeed be receptive to the bout, but expressed concern that he hoped O’Connell wasn’t just throwing his name out there for publicity and that his team would subsequently price themselves out (as is often the case in boxing).
Instead, what ensued was a rare moment of sanity in the boxing world as Liveco Boxing CEO Ron Sanderson (Team Luis) and KO Boxing Promotions’ Mel Lubovac (Team O’Connell) got together and came to terms on a very attractive all-Canadian matchup. Both promoters deserve a ton of credit for quietly getting their business done and giving Canadian Fight Fans a bout they want to see.
The result pits Boxrec.com’s No. 1 Canadian lightweight (Luis) and No. 2 (O’Connell) against one another. A rarity indeed.
“He’s a talented and motivated fighter,” Tony Luis said in the initial press release for the bout. “I’m as hungry as he is and this is a competitive match that I welcome. I’m confident in my ability to beat him.”
“I’ve seen what [Luis] does — he gets in there and goes really fast,” O’Connell told RDnews Now this week. “He’s a pressure fighter, and I’m kind of a pressure fighter too, but I don’t fight with much speed and I hit with power. It’s kind of two things colliding with each other, two different fighting styles. Hopefully he’s not fast enough to get away from my power. That’s what I’ll have for him.”
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Tickets for this incredible night of boxing range from $65 (ringside floor) to $25 and are available at the Cornwall Civic Complex box-office, online at www.admission.com or by phone at (613) 938-9400.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bell set to ring at 8 p.m. local time.
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